“My prediction for this election is a historic defeat for Labour. Would not be surprised if it is their worst since the Second World War.”

Right. Today’s post is about politics. It is also an opportunity for you to enjoy me having got something wrong. The title of this post is a prediction I made on 18th April, the day Theresa May called a general election, before she put in one of the worst ever Conservative campaigns, and Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour team ran an admirable and effective political campaign.

“My prediction for this election is a historic defeat for Labour. Would not be surprised if it is their worst since the Second World War.”

Lets do a comparison to see how wrong this was.

Here’s what Labour got in 2017:

Labour Seats: 262
Conservative Seats: 317


I find myself strangely attracted to him.

And here are all of Labour’s defeats since the Second World War:


Conservative majority

Labour seats: 295
Conservative seats: 321

Both Labour and the Conservatives won fewer seats last week than in 1951, so one could argue this either way. It was a Conservative majority but Labour were much closer to being able to win next time. Not conclusive.


Conservative majority

Labour seats: 277
Conservative seats: 345

Both Labour and the Conservatives did worse last week than in 1955, so one could still plausibly argue this either way. But the Conservatives had a big majority of 60 in 1955, and the only other party with any representation then was the Liberals, with 6 seats. On purely Labour Vs. Conservative terms, Corbyn did better last week than Attlee did in 1955.


Clement Attlee looking pensive.


Conservative majority

Labour seats: 258
Conservative seats: 345

Corbyn had a better defeat last week than Gaitskell did in 1959. Unambiguous. Labour’s 1959 defeat was followed by Labour winning in 1964.


Conservative majority

Labour seats: 288
Conservative seats: 330

Like 1951, one could argue this either way, as both both Labour and the Conservatives won fewer seats last week than in 1970. Interestingly, 1970 had Labour 12.4% ahead of the Conservatives in opinion polls, before the Conservatives won by 3.2%. A precedent for the late swings we have seen in the election of Trump and in the Brexit vote perhaps? Labour then won twice in 1974.


Conservative majority

Labour seats: 269
Conservative seats: 339

Gosh there are a lot of Labour defeats aren’t there? Going through past elections is a healthy reminder that Labour governments have historically been a rare exception to Conservative rule, not a regular equal occurrence.

Although Labour won fewer seats last week than in 1979, I would still argue Labour had a better defeat last week. Corbyn had to contend with far more minor parties than Callaghan did, and on purely Labour Vs. Conservatives, he did better.


Sorry Jim.


Conservative majority

Labour seats: 209
Conservative seats: 397

Labour undeniably did better last week than in 1983.


Conservative majority

Labour seats: 229
Conservative seats: 376

Labour undeniably did better last week than in 1987.


Conservative majority

Labour seats: 271
Conservative seats: 336

One could argue this either way, as both Labour and the Conservatives won fewer seats last week than in 1992. This was followed by 13 glorious years of uninterrupted Labour rule. (We can have a discussion about just how glorious this was elsewhere.)


He was the future once.


Conservative largest party, formed coalition with Lib Dems

Labour seats: 258
Conservative seats: 306

One could argue this either way, as both Labour and the Conservatives won more seats last week than in 2010.


Conservative majority

Labour seats: 232
Conservative seats: 330

Corbyn’s defeat last week was unambiguously better than Milliband’s defeat in 2015.


Yet still my love for this man knows no bounds.

So how did my prediction fare? Not well. This election was a defeat for Labour, but one of their better defeats since World War Two. One could argue just how good a defeat it was, but it was in the top half. Well done Labour, you lost, but you lost better than usual!

I will follow up soon with an investigation into why things didn’t go as I predicted and what can be learned from this. If you have any thoughts, questions or criticisms, let me know.

How to Avoid Endless Online Discussions

As a man who writes a lot online, I am something of an expert in avoiding endless online discussions or arguments. Here are some words of wisdom. You’re welcome.


“Engard!” “Actually it’s ‘engarde'” “THEN WE FIGHT! ON GUARD!”

  1. Engage. Always engage. If they write something, write something back!
  2. Mock the other person’s character. The scurrelous twunt.
  3. Distract the other person by bringing up unrelated issues.
  4. If the other person brings up an unrelated issue, follow them into arguing about that.
  5. Exaggerate the other person’s claims.
  6. Smash your keyboard with your fists. Show that keyboard who is boss!
  7. Hyperventilate. This gets the blood rushing to your brain and makes you super smart.
  8. Argue against the claims you want the other person to have made, not the ones they actually made.
  9. Google nothing. Research is weakness.


    This is your enemy. Avoid it at all costs.

  10. Concede nothing. Conceding is weakness.
  11. Avoid relevant visual imagery or data. Discussions should be as abstract and metaphysical as possible.
  12. Assume that your alternate believes the same things as others who appear superficially similar to them.
  13. Ask nothing. Questions are weakness.
  14. Use long and unusual words. Not like me here. This language is stupid and makes me look like a scurrelous twunt. Better.
  15. Deny everything the other person claims as a matter of course.


    Talk to the hand, ‘cos the face ain’t listenin’ to an [insert assumed ideological leaning here]

  16. Make the discussion about your character and their character. The issues are secondary. They’re a bad person and must be made to recognise this fact. Once you have shown them they are a terrible person they will bow to your wisdom and accept everything you say.
  17. Never compromise. Compromise is weakness.
  18. Instead of having one or two strong justifications supporting a conclusion, make hundreds, even thousands, of superficial or nonsensical claims. When it comes to online discussions, more is less.


    A good argument is a like a Team Fortress 2 scattergun blast. Each claim (or pellet) is weak, but together, many weak pellets can take out a Heavy, assuming the Heavy has already been hit by a Sniper shot and set on fire.

  19. Take your first or least charitable interpretation of the other person’s argument and run with it.
  20. If they change their argument, keep attacking the original argument. Or better yet, keep attacking them as a person (see 14).
  21. Make jokes that are unfunny and miss the point.
  22. Provoke your opponent. They’ll appreciate your cleverness almost immediately.
  23. The object of a discussion is not greater understanding, or even entertainment. It is victory.
  24. In defeat, malice. In victory, revenge.


    Here’s a picture of Batman.

HUMUNGO Games Latest Update

Hi everyone! Mungo here! I was away last month but I have returned! Here’s what has been happening at HUMUNGO Games.

1. Business Cards

Yes! My wonderful artist Lucy has designed fabulous business cards for me and herself. They’ll be arriving this week.

See ultra-high-res versions by encountering us in real life.

2. Evil Badguy Fantasy RPG is back

Yes, my main game project is going to be called “Evil Badguy Fantasy RPG” once more, because you guys prefer that name. I’m not going to put up a screenshot though because the art is all in flux right now.

3. Genesis

This is a working title. My latest interactive story almost certainly won’t be called “Genesis” upon completion. It’s a piece that I started work on last weekend that I’m going to pitch for this digital commission on 1st July. Its a fantasy comedy-thriller about spaceships, fascism and political compromise set in humanity’s sunset. Here’s what the story plan/structure looks like so far:

I’m using twine to make this, which is very easy and accessible. If you want to write an interactive story, check it out!

As you can see I’m only a few pages in, so there’s a long way to go before I have a pitchable demo. What makes me smile and want to jump up and down about it is that it will be genuinely unique and novel (plus also as high-quality and professional as you would expect of me :P). Most political games are all about stats – you basically make calculations so that you can maximise x over y, and all the effects are just abstract numbers. See the Democracy series, Tropico, Super Power and so on. There are some great exceptions like Crusader Kings II, which simulates thousands of individual characters, with family trees, professions, aims and personality traits.

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Sadly I could not create this kind of thing by myself in a month.

But what I want to do is to create a small, intimate political game with a cast of ten or so main characters, where you can really get to know them like a family over an hour of gameplay. These characters will be invested in the outcome of your decisions and they will judge you for your choices. The closest parallel I’ve encountered to what I’m trying to do is Telltale Games’ Game of Thrones, which I would highly recommend to anyone interested in interactive stories. That is a brilliant game, but was sadly hampered by being tied into an existing franchise. Your aim is to try and survive as a small family in the face of the evil Boltons, but you know you can’t do diddly-squat about Ramsey because that would ruin the series’ continuity.

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Excellent nervous pouting here.

My game will be shorter, with only one main character, and no tie-ins to any franchises. This means readers cannot be certain of anything when they open up the story. And it also means that I can hopefully write in a reasonable range of consequences for player decisions. It won’t be Game of Thrones-style people-die-all-the-time stuff, rather the choices the reader makes will affect what their staff think of them, will change the environment of the ship, and ultimately will shape what happens to Genesis and the last humans left in the universe. No biggie.

Gameplay screenshot. Your character has vivid colour experiences. Read into that what you will at this stage. I won’t spoil it for you.

9 Observations From My First Two Full Days in Argentina

Yes my photos aren’t all great but my words are all fabulous so fuck you. Also I know this is later than the title says, my internet connection sucks, like really sucks. Jesus get off my back!

1. Patagonia looks like Red Dead Redemption.


Aunt (left) and mum (centre) in unpopular Red Dead Redemption DLC.


It’s like they based it on real environments visually similar to the one I am in or something.

2. I am readily willing to spend £20 to have seven days of inconsistent roaming data.


Refresh and wait all you like, this image will not load.


3. A twelve hour flight really isn’t too bad an experience for me.

I read one and a half books and saw two and a half films and didn’t check Facebook once. Achievement unlocked innit.


Also Everybody watch Manchester By The Sea it’s a fucking amazing film. It’s super sad at times. I almost cried and I’m dead inside.


4. The air in Patagonia is more pleasant and clear than the air in London.


It’s like being in a tampon commercial.


5. Almost nobody was talking in any of the three flights I was on.

Boring observation!


6. I feel calm and free.

Preparing for a holiday can be stressful. This holiday is, in part, a holiday from preparing for this holiday. On Saturday evening I was all breathless packing and running through everything I had forgotten and so on. Now I am a Buddhist cow in a bath, floating gently with a calm smile on my face.


Closest available image.


7. I have read three books already. I did not bring enough books.


This is what books look like from a certain angle.


8. I know he’s being sarcastic but I think Tim Montgomerie is onto something.

Tim Montgomerie onto something


9. At a traditional Argentine restaurant my mum and aunt were asking a lot of questions.

I told the waiter (whose English was excellent) that they were “grilling him”. He did not appreciate the pun. He was correct.


Evil Badguy Fantasy RPG Update

Hi all! I hope you have had a lovely weekend. It was funny weather wasn’t it? So bright and sunny and then pouring down. It was down in London at least. So, how is Evil Badguy Fantasy RPG going?

I’m reaching the final stages of what I can do directly on this project myself, and the last changes throughout the coming months are mostly coming in the form of music from my brilliant composer Odinn Hilmarsson, art from my new and talented artist Lucy, and UI improvements from my UI person (possibly a programming wizz called Tom, this is very much TBC).


I now have sketches of actual potential imagery in the game. Yay!

Most of this weekend has been spent doing tweaks, and preparing the ground for the next pieces to come in from my team. I had the good fortune to run a testing session on Friday in Google Deep Mind’s King’s Cross office with professional game tester Sarah York, which gave me some sweet ideas for interface improvements. I’ve been hearing quite a bit of “you should take these to game events” style comments lately, so you may be able to find me at some games fairs at some point! But the main priority is getting this game as good as it can be. This is where you can get involved – yes YOU!

I love testers, and testing sessions are super useful, so if you want to experience this game yourself for free please email me at mungotattonbrown at gmail dot com. I’ll cook food for you or buy you dinner too.


I also made the imagery for this low-res crystal ball this weekend. You can steal it. You twat.

If you want to check out one of my games right now, why not play Marketforce!, my satirical office-work RPG for PC, or Jaguar, a browser-based political thriller you can play on any platform.

Lost in the Woods with This Useless Moral Compass

(c) Wellcome Library; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation


Today I’m going to do what well-loved philosophers do and discuss a topic in entirely hypothetical terms, with no evidence for my claims, based on questionable assumptions. If you don’t like this then leave now. Fly away little bird, spread your wings! Or stay. Please stay. I’ll make you pancakes.

A couple of years ago, in a new job, I was given a bonus for some work I contributed very little to. I understood the bonus structure and it looked like the bonus had been given to me in error, due to an administrative technicality. Instead of accepting the bonus, I investigated. I told those above me about the problems with the bonus and we all agreed, it was undeserved. It went back into the company money chest and I never saw it again. Fuck. Why did I do that?



For now, I want you to consider me giving back my bonus not morally but in terms of pure self-interest. In those terms, I had screwed up. I had willingly given up on money that I otherwise could have spent on vegetarian stir-fry and fishnet tights and cinema tickets. My moral compass had pointed in a different direction to my “what’s in Mungo’s interest” compass. This thought rested in my head like a tiny insect egg, where it remained and slowly grew, forgotten, for months. Then, a couple of weeks ago, as I was reading a book about pick-up artists, it hatched legs and started to wriggle around. Right now, I’m taking this thought-bug out through my eye with tweezers, placing it on my computer screen, watching it squirm and asking it about itself. (And I’m typing at the same time! Wow I must have such nimble fingers!) Whatever I ask the thought-bug, the response seems to be the same.

“Life is easier without a moral compass.”

Is it really easier? Trivially, it seems like it would be easier. If you don’t care about right and wrong, you can do what you like. You can choose to do good for your own gain, and then choose to do evil for your own gain too. Win win? Right? Concerning if true.


Me when I was a perfume model.

I want to be good. I like being honest and compassionate and conscientious. I think it’s probably also the right way to behave (although I am very confused about what morality really is, but that’s a topic for another time). At the same time I have selfish desires. Immoral urges. Devious demands. I want to take what I like, moral compass be damned. What would happen if I followed through on this?

I could be earning a lot more money than I do. I could eat meat. Juicy animal flesh. For breakfast. That’s about it really. I’m not going to go on a murder spree because even if I had no moral compulsions holding me back, there are so many ways it could go wrong. And if I killed people successfully, the bodies could be uncovered and brought back to me later.

(I just want to say here, I am not a psychopath, I’m a philosopher doing a thought experiment, and these are two distinct things. I’m pretty sure. Like, 70% sure.)

There’s no great fundamental moral conflict between what’s good for me and what’s directed by my moral compass. For someone in my circumstances, there just isn’t much pressure to do things I’m not morally okay with. This is in part because my main moral drive in my life is the same as my personal ambition – creating large quantities of interesting and engaging stuff and then sharing it with anyone who cares. Your aims and moral compass are probably different to mine of course. But what I want is mostly compatible with my moral aims and feelings.

What about interests besides being a content producer? Well, if I want to be nourished, I get there by learning a new good recipe. If I want to feel righteous then I just read and write about politics. Of course, I could be a dick about things. But how would that benefit me?

When my moral compass does point somewhere other than my self-interest compass, the distance isn’t usually very far. So, for example, being a vegetarian is something that I feel I should do, but I still get plenty of good food. And since I’m a vegetarian, when I go to a restaurant, I don’t have to stress about reading the entire menu to make an optimal meal choice. So it’s not even all bad.


Food looks good. I’m not sure about the plates.

It’s at this point that I think to myself “what the fuck is the point of this blog post then?” and the train of thought falls from the tracks and starts tumbling down the hill of coherence, into the heavily wooded valley of gibberish, no longer destined to reach its station and secure a satisfying conclusion. Oh well. Might as well see what creepy monsters are hiding down here in the dark forest of distractions, haunting the wreckage of my dear beloved train of thought.

What about those who don’t accept society’s moral standards? What about those whose lives are extremely tough? And what about those whose decisions affect the lives of many others? Is a moral compass a burden to them?

In answer to the first question, if your morality is extremely far from that of those around you, then plausibly it could be a significant burden from a self-interest perspective. Imagine you’re a liberal democratic humanitarian living under a Nazi government in a Nazi society that you know is killing millions of innocent people. Your moral code may say that the right thing to do is to try to blow up the leader. This is incredibly risky for you personally. If you want to have the best possible chance of success, then maybe you should go for suicide bombing. In which case this is the ultimate act of self-destruction based on your moral convictions. Moral compass and self-interest compass, in this case, point in very different directions.


Not me. Not you either I hope.

In answer to the second question, in tough circumstances, it may well be that having weaker moral convictions is an advantage. Think of all the zombie movies where the bastard is one of the last people to die. If you didn’t give a crap, you kill the person who is bitten straight off. No questions. Save yourself. Easy. Don’t share your food. Easy. Hoard ammo. Easy. Someone slowing you down? Leave them. Easy.

Third, influential people. These ones are in the most conflicted situation. Their moral compasses make much more difference than anyone else’s. Yet these people can benefit most from ignoring them. That’s a recipe for a fucking mess. Think of your expectations of Donald Trump. Yeah, I don’t buy that people at the top pursuing their self-interest will magically help the rest of us. They might. Sometimes. But “we the people” are generally not all that well-informed or logical in our thinking. Politics in representative democracies is essentially driven by relationship management and marketing. (One reason why the left is screwed but I’ll go into that another time.) Whoever is at the top can be fantastic at winning people over and fuck things up completely at the same time. Why am I discussing this? Because my train of thought fell into a forest of distractions. Aren’t you following me? Are you stupid? What’s wrong with you? You fucking moron! I can’t work in these conditions! I’m trapped in a dark wood with an idiot! Where is the light?

Upsides. Wait, there are benefits to having a moral compass? To feeling compelled into following it? What are you Mungo, crazy? Yes, there are benefits. Take that, squirming thought-bug on my screen! I don’t agree with you! These benefits of a moral compass come because you and I aren’t rational decision-makers, but bundles of emotional rules-of-thumbs (and no I’m not going to back this up with evidence, I don’t give a shit I’m a fucking medieval philosopher okay, I’m Saint Thomas Aquinas and I fell off my train and I’m still trying to find a way out of this damned forest!). If you accept that emotional judgement comes first and then reason follows along after to justify it (okay fine read Jonathan Haidt’s The Righteous Mind, he backs this psychology up with studies and evidence), if you accept that, then you accept that emotional and moral frames matter. And because they matter, having and following an effective moral frame can be of great benefit to you, the person with the moral frame.

Moral frames can help us to communicate. They help us to act in a convincing moral way to others. What’s the best way of convincing someone that you’re honest? Get into the habit of behaving honestly. It’ll become second nature. The same goes for all your other moral aspects. Sure, some people are psychopaths, who understand what is perceived as right and wrong. They might be really good at lying. They can often get very far because of their fearlessness in morally compromising situations. But, they’re often undone by their moral flaws. How do you get good at lying? You have to lie all the time. If you don’t lie for a year, you’re going to suck at it when you try to do it. But if you’re lying to cultivate an ability to lie then you’re sowing a lot of weeds that could grow to mess up the garden of your well-being.


“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Me.

Was there a point to this piece? Have we left the forest of distractions? Can we find our way to the station of a satisfying conclusion? No to all of the above. I wrecked this train, and I am still wandering in the woods. I wander and wonder. What is the truth?  I do not know. I am a lost metaphor.



Want to experience more Munganistic goodness? Give my latest game, Marketforce! a go. It’s fab I promise.

Quick Evil Badguy Fantasy RPG Update

Hi all! I’ll keep this short.


Yes I know shorts are plural. It’s called me being a tit.


In the latest testing session, Mr Qaisar Siddiqui, wordsmith and equality activist, said the following:

“I wish it was longer. I had no idea how long I had been playing for. I thought it had been 20 minutes or half an hour, and I was an hour and a half in. When I got to the end it left me wanting more!”

If you want to get involved and have some fun testing what is now a highly polished game, please get in touch. My email address is mungotattonbrown at gmail dot com.

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Music is advancing at a faster rate than it was before Christmas, and I’ve added some sweet new atmospheric tracks this past couple of weeks.


Yes, I am trialling an artist, so prepare yourself for some fantastic imagery. Potentially.